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Star Trek[edit]

Can't we keep the Star Trek episodes on Memory Alpha? -- Skyfaller 06:22, 2004 May 3 (UTC)

No. Cburnett 00:32, Jun 15, 2005 (UTC)

Might it be a good idea to put the Star Trek reference at the end of the article, as in the main article on the Religious Society of Friends#Quaker books and writings? --MaxHund 15:23, 2005 Jun 18 (UTC)

No. --Ahc 00:59, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

silent meditation[edit]

I thought most Friends agreed that meeting for worship is not silent "meditation". It is waiting and listening, but not meditating. --MaxHund 15:18, 2005 Jun 18 (UTC)

That's true. However, this article needs lots of work, so don't be surprised if other things change as well. --Ahc 00:57, 5 September 2005 (UTC)


I think there is a subtle POV in this article. It is slanted toward the ideas of Friends who are Universalist and non-evangelical. I did a search of Quaker Faith and Practices of various yearly meetings and found the terms "inner light" and "inward light" used almost interchangeably. There is no doubt in my mind that Fox and some of the early Friends considered the light to be within each person but something separate from the person and transcendent. What do others think? I'm not suggesting removing the material here but just balancing it with other views to make it NPOV. Logophile 12:15, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

I agree -- for the early Quakers, the "light" was something separate and transcendent shining on them, inward, not something completely within them. "Inner light" appears just a handful of times in Fox. It's true that most modern liberal Friends don't make much distinction, but I've met some Friends that do. I think the inner vs. inward discussion deserves it's own section in the article, and eventually it's own page. (Or maybe a neutral title is possible -- "Inner/inward light" or "Light (Quaker)"?) Zach (wv) (t) 23:23, 20 September 2005 (UTC)
I should have written an update. I worked on the article a good bit, expanding it and trying to make it NPOV. I think I did pretty well, but it could use even more expansion and revising, I'm sure. I think that the title is good, as that is the term used most often in various Faith and Practice's. The article still explains that "inward light" is a synonym. Logophile 04:35, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
I think the article and title are great for the short and medium term, but I still think it might be best to eventually either make a separate article or change the title to a more neutral term, precisely because I'm not sure that they actually are synonyms, even though most 21st/late 20th-century Friends use them as such. I think we're just starting to re-understand the difference (with books like Rex Ambler's). But in the more near term, yes, let's keep it as is, and if anything just expand on this issue in the article itself. Zach (wv) (t) 02:10, 22 September 2005 (UTC)
I was very happy to see this POV question here; I was just wondering about the "inward/inner" difference as I worked on this. One way out might be to rename this page to "Light within," which seems neutral to me, and is traditional, at least according to NYYM F&P glossary. There could be redirects from both inward/inner. DAllen\talk 02:04, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Merge Spirit of Christ into Inner Light[edit]

The Spirit of Christ article contains little or no information that can't be found at Inner Light. It is merely an aspect of the latter article, and can have little extra added to it. I see no reason for this page to exist, other than for it to serve as a redirect page. Thoughts on this? I suggest a merger into Inner Light Ian Goggin 21:05, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Merge. see discussion at talk:Spirit of Christ. by Cgmusselman 19:47, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Spirit of Christ merged[edit]

I saw no real value in the content of the article,so my only addition was to include it in the list of alternative names. Should anybody wish to use some of the text from Spirit of Christ I have saved it for the moment at User:Ian Goggin/Spirit of Christ text/. Any objections or whatnot, just drop me a note on my talk page. Ian Goggin 20:30, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Please allow a newbie to Wikipedia some leeway in style and etiquette but I hope some expansion is possible because I think it is an important point to modern Quakerism. I have no problem with the redirection or inclusion of "Spirit of Christ" with "Inner Light" but I do think the way modern Quakers use the terms is interesting. As an Elder in a dynamic and liberal Meeting in Britain Yearly Meeting I know that some Friends use the term "Spirit of Christ" while others use "Inner Light" and these really do mean different things. I believe it is something to do with the idea that for some Friends, the Spirit of Christ is limited (compared to "The Spirit") and exclusive to Christians (or Universalist Christians) whilst others use it in a more historical sense. Others do indeed use them interchangeably which may reveal an individual Friend's desire to be accommodating or a kind of agnosticism. I am interested in this distinction and it seems to me that it is important to the discussion (or is that debate or argument?) about Christocentricity and universalism. I would be happy to hear argued feedback that this is POV or different elsewhere Buzzilla (talk) 21:06, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

This sounds interesting information and may well be worth including but bear in mind it is not enough to "know it to be true because I was there", you must provide citations to demonstrate that reputable sources have reported and discussed such usages of these words. Good luck. Abtract (talk) 21:30, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

What Inner Light Is[edit]

Inner Light is something that can be seen within anyone, even the blind. To see your Inner Light, in a forced way, can be accomplished by squeezing your eyes closed. The tighter you do this the more white your Inner Light will be. To see your Inner Light naturally is accomplished by covering your eyes with a black sleeping mask, so no external light enters your eyes, then close your eye lids while looking straight ahead, as if you can still see. You can do this as a meditation practice to steady your looking. Eventually your Inner Light will be front and center where it will at first appear as a head light in the distance. The more you want to see it the brighter it will become. This light is naturally a tuned to the vibration of God, so it is when seeing this light that you are more easily able to communicate with God. So the more you see your inner light the more in contact with God you will be as well as more radiant. Also the more you process your thoughts and experiences through this light the more enlightened you will become.

This entry is not broadly representative of how Friends understand or experience the Inner or Inward Light. It may be one person's authentic experience, but it is not generally understood in this way. For most Friends the Inward or Inner Light is an experience of spiritual Light, which may be interpreted internally as a light, a felt presence, a physical sensation, a calming sensation, a sound, or a myriad of other metaphors. The Inward Light is the light of the Spirit or of God which both "convicts" a person, revealing the person's shortcomings (or "sins" in the language of early Friends), and sets a person free from those same shortcomings. When the Inner Light is truly experienced, Friends have been known to tremble or quake. Hence the name "Quakers," used as a pejorative term by a judge of the 17th century while trying Quakers for blasphemy.--Merrywood (talk) 21:43, 7 March 2011 (UTC)
"Each Quaker has a different idea of what they mean by 'inner light'". Has this wild claim been verified? The Real Walrus (talk) 22:25, 2 October 2011 (UTC)


The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Closed no need to move please see naming conventions. ZooPro 11:57, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Inner lightInner Light

  • proper noun, per usage throughout article. Latter redirects to former. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 08:36, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Is it a proper-name? Anthony Appleyard (talk) 09:08, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I think the case that this is a proper noun has not been made. Many things are capitalized by communities which feel they are important, but that doesn't mean that we should do so at WP. — kwami (talk) 23:59, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose it is not clearly a proper noun, but rather ascribed this title for emphasis as per common practice in various religious communities. Tiggerjay (talk) 06:01, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

only christian meaning?[edit]

Maybe this page must be moved to Inner Light (christianity) or something similar. The concept of Inner Light is not just a christian concept, it exists also in Sant Mat (or Surat Shabd Yoga for example. There are lots of India-related spiritual paths that talk about Inner Light! --GurDass (talk) 12:31, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

The Inner Light[edit]

The usage of The Inner Light is under discussion, see Talk:The Inner Light (song) -- (talk) 23:57, 25 March 2013 (UTC)